In 1943 Margot Heuman left the German town of Bielefeld on a passenger train to Theresienstadt. Along with her parents and her sister, she spent a year living in the ghetto before they were all sent to Auschwitz in 1944. Margot only spent about six weeks in Auschwitz before she was sent to a German labor camp, along with her friend Dita. When Margot left Auschwitz, that was the last time she saw her family. She spent the rest of the war with Dita, determined to survive. About a month before she was liberated, Margot and Dita were marched from Hamburg to Bergen-Belsen. Margot got sick and nearly died in Bergen-Belsen, but was liberated by the British and sent to Sweden to rehabilitate. She was taken in by a Swedish woman who helped her go to school and get better. In 1948 Margot came to the US because she had family in New York, and she began taking English classes and making a life for herself in America.